venerdì 20 ottobre 2017

La Piccola Armata - September activities

With a significant delay I post some pictures of La Piccola actitivies. 

I want point out that during the months of Sept and Oct, thanks to Luca’s initiative, we organized a Bolt Action internal tournament but I’ll post some images of this event another time. Now some works of our creators

Unfortunately the Mad Max’s director has never known our friend Carlo

Aurelian continues with his Colonial dreams and …

… Ivano replies with his Italian ascari

Even if Riccardo takes part to Dbmm events with his army…

… he doesn’t forget to continues his British 8th Army

But Montgomery mates will have hard times with my DAK

Finally … we are speaking of battles, soldiers and so on but without Maurizio's efforts no one would be cured

lunedì 16 ottobre 2017

La Piccola and Games of Thornes

Last month one of my club mate, Aurelian, started with some other wargamers of a shop near our association to paint a new group of miniatures.

They decided to dedicate their efforts to create the atmospheres of a popular movie fiction: "The Games of throne". 
Unfortunately, at the moment, there are no specific miniatures available for this kind of fantasy scenario, so Aurelian converted some Perry and Fireforge miniatures to be suitable for his need.

He decided to paint House Bolton. Below some of Aurelian's pikemen 

He painted also some knights and the warlord. 

I want point out that the last two photos are taken at the shop: Goblin Torino

domenica 15 ottobre 2017

Bolt Action Civil wars – Sept 23, 2017

Last month I played my first match, with my son, using Bolt Action rulebook. It was not a real battle but only a kind of playtest to understand if he was interested to play it. Bolt Action is a simple set of rules easy to understand.

My son is 11 years old and he was very proud to play in the Association as well as the other-ones club mates.

He lead an English army against my evil Germans. Below there are some photos

A company of tommies with their artillery observer that is approaching to the houses while, on the other side, also the Germans try to reach their objs

 The red devils take the control of the houses and start to hit my paratroopers

Another action of the match in which … this time … my Germans hit the Gurkhas

At the end my son won the battle ... a good start!

martedì 26 settembre 2017

Rommel playtest - Sept 23, 2017

Last Saturday some of my club mates organized a first playtest to Rommel, the latest rules system published by Sam Mustafa. Unfortunately I couldn't take part to the battle but it will be for the next time.

Rommel is a game able to re-create great battles for European and Mediterranean  theatres of the Ww2. The players can command a division or a corp. It is not necessary to have a ruler, the table is divided into squares in which different units can be deployed. For this game Ezio (who organized the play test and prepared the table) used simple pins.

Below some pictures of the table (180 cm x 120 cm) ... 

... and a detail of the squares (15 cm x 15 cm)

Miniatures are 15 mm and are painted by Riccardo (the Italians), Luca (the Germans) and Ezio (the 8th Army)
There are no specific rules for miniature bases. Ezio modified some photos to explain better the solutions we adopted.

My clus mates decided to play an introductive scenario that it is possible to download free from Sam Mustafa's web site: operation Brevity 

Brevity was a limited offensive conducted by British troops in mid-May 1941 to attack the weak Axis forces in the Sollum-Bardia area.

It was our first club match.  The rule system is simple and easy to play.  You have to manage your army/division/corp/company using a pool of dices able to reproduce  events and troop movements for offensive and/or defensive tactics.

domenica 24 settembre 2017

Roman Civil Wars – Sept, 6 2017

A couple of weeks ago I tried to recreate in my club a battle between two Late Imperial Roman armies. Considering my fascination for Imperial Roman history I decided to prepare two armies: one with a left wing composed by Palmyran catafractatii and the second-one with regular legionary unit and barbarians allies.

All miniatures are 28mm, a mix of Gripping Beast, Armour & Aquila, Fireforge Foundry and they are all painted by me.

A detail of the army on the left of the previous photo. The army is composed by regular legionaries (Menapii and Petulantes Seniores) with a second line of auxiliary archers

The left wing of this army includes heavy cavalry with some Numidian cavalrymen to support them

The second army sees regular legionaries on the left with Goths on the center and Huns to support them

The battle starts with the cataphractarii assault. In the photos below the sequence of the attack with the knights in the typical cuneo formation

A group of Huns tries to stop the heavy cavalry attack without success ... so the knights destroy the line of Lanciarii Gallicani Honoriani

Also on the centre the battle begins

An image of the battle trend

A detail of the two HQ's 

On the left, the Roman-barbarian army suffers casualties but ...

... the heavy knights have created an hole into the enemy army that it is impossible to close so ...

... the false Imperator escape while a unit of Herculiani Seniores surrounds rebellious legionaries